Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today revealed that pest controllers have been called in to Scotland's schools more than 11,000 times over the past five years to eradicate creatures such as wasps, rats, woodlice and silverfish.
The figures, obtained by Scottish Liberal Democrats through freedom of information requests, reveal that since 2013/14, pest controllers were sent to Scottish schools 11,072 times - more than 40 times per week. This included a “ferret incident” at Alehousewells School in Kemnay and a staff member in Fife attacked by wasps.
Mr Scott said:
"These figures show that pest controllers are called in to Scottish schools more than 40 times a week to remove infestations.
"We've had reports of teachers who see mice in their classrooms on a regular basis. These are grim conditions to be working in and such incidents can cause classes and learning to be disrupted.
"Teachers and pupils' working conditions must be fit for purpose if they are all to be given the best chance of succeeding.”